Meet the Fellows

 Current Fellows

Acuna-Villaorduna Carlos Acuna-Villaorduna: Carlos earned his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He was a research fellow at “Alexander Von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute” before starting his medicine residency at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center. He completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is interested in the mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, as well as tuberculosis and antibiotic stewardship. Carlos is a big soccer fan and follows the British Premier and UEFA Champions League passionately.  
Barbosa Felipe Barbosa: Felipe went to medical school at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. After graduation, he earned a Masters of Health Sciences degree in Tropical Medicine. His research in Brazil was focused on Chagas disease. He completed his residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is interested in neglected diseases and HIV/HCV in underserved populations.
Epstein Rachel Epstein: Rachel completed a Master’s degree in Biology with a focus in bioinformatics at Wesleyan University and obtained her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed a combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital, and is board certified in both fields. She is the first fellow to train in a combined adult and pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship program at BMC. She is interested in clinical research in HIV with a particular focus on transitioning adolescent and young adult patients, and she plans to enroll in the BU-CHART program.  She also has interests in global health and women’s health/contraception/STIs.  In her free time she enjoys running, biking, tennis/squash, photography, travelling, and sharing her baking endeavors. 
Richards Morgan Freiman: Morgan obtained her medical degree from the University of Nevada and completed her medical residency at Boston Medical Center.  She is currently completing a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health and is a member of the BU-CHART and CREST programs. Her research focuses on clinical outcomes among HIV/HCV coinfected patients, and she is currently examining extra-hepatic manifestations of inflammation among this population.  She is also interested in health care disparities among rural communities, and improving access to care with use of tele-medicine.
Obiokoye Kenechukwu Obiokoye: Kenechukwu obtained his medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and completed his residency in internal medicine at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. He is committed to a career in public health and in studying health disparities. He hopes to complete a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology. He is interested in Hospital Epidemiology, HIV and emerging diseases.
Thornton Amanda Thornton: Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard University and graduated from Dartmouth Medical school.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Oakland and is enthusiastic about integrated health care systems.  She is interested in antibiotic stewardship, healthcare-associated infections and the history of medical care systems.  She has published a paper on the medical care offered to slaves in 18th century Jamaica as described in the journals of Thomas Thistlewood.  She will be studying the interactions between Clostridium difficile and obesity as her primary research project.

Research Fellows

Linsenmeyer Katherine Linsenmeyer: Katie received both her undergraduate and medical degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. Katie is now pursuing the Antimicrobial Stewardship/ Healthcare Epidemiology track within the fellowship.  Her primary research project pertains to resistance patterns of, and physician prescribing for, multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms with at the VA. 
Osman Sara Osman: Sara received her MBBS degree at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She completed her residency at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center a Tuft’s university affiliated hospital. Sara is now a post-doctoral research fellow at BMC as part on the BU-CHART program and is a member of the BU-CHART and CREST programs. She is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is interested in global health and latent tuberculosis infection and transmission in the developing world. She is currently working to explore TB transmission in HIV-infected individuals in Uganda and Brazil.  Sara is fluent in both English and Arabic.
Thakarar Kinna Thakarar: Kinna received an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her internal medicine training from Cambridge Health Alliance. She is currently in her second year of the BU-CHART program.  Her work is focused on HIV-infected patients with substance use issues, and she has received training in addiction medicine. 


Recent Graduates

Left to Right – Jai Marathe, Dima Kabbani, and Sina Helbig

Jai Marathe, MD has been appointed an Instructor in Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and will join the Infectious Diseases Section. She will be working in the laboratory of Dr. Deborah Anderson studying HIV mucosal immunity.
Dima Kabbani, MD will be starting a Transplant Infectious Disease Fellowship Training program at the University Health Network for the University of Toronto. After completing that training, she plans to secure an academic position in Infectious Diseases with a focus on treating infections in immuncompromised hosts.
Sina Helbig, MD will be joining the faculty at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. She will have an academic appointment at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her primary activities will be within the Center for Comprehensive Care, the largest HIV/AIDS treatment center in New York State.
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